It is said that glass making in Okinawa started around 100 years ago. Before the war, mainly practical items such as lamp chimneys, medicine bottles and decoration jars were manufactured.
After the war, the reconstruction of the glass factories in Okinawa resumed manufacturing, utilizing skills adopted from the mainland by craftsmen who made glasses before the war and glass artisans who came back from evacuation areas.
Glass art which has the shortest history among other traditional craftworks in Okinawa, came under spotlight during post war when American stationary troops found interest in Handicraft. Glass art was used for various purposes ranging from daily life items to interior accessories, thus increased the demand and the production of glass.
60% of the glass products before 1972 (before the reversion) was exported to the United States, 20% to mainland and the 20% left was sold in the prefecture. However, the customers were mainly Americans troops stationed in Okinawa.
Obviously, all the products were designed to suit the taste of Americans. That includes salad bowls, punch bowls, wine glasses, dressing jars, champagne glasses and artificial flowers. These items are still produced today and featured as one of the folk art of Okinawa.
The material used in the Okinawa glass is classified as soda-lime glass from the chemical composition perspective.
We wind glass melted in pots more than 1,300 degrees centigrade off to iron pipe (blowing iron) and we hang over glass blowing, but melt before technique that was an expert of is required, and one product is completed because you must form quickly before fusion glass gets cold → The formation → We will spend jorei and time for approximately approximately 40 hours.